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Disabled Veteran Army Sergeant Being Held in Kuwait Since 2015!

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Veteran Jermaine Rogers was picked up by Kuwaiti officials in October 2015 and sentenced to death after officials served a search warrant on a wrong address.

The death sentence was recently reduced to a life sentence, but his wife and family are desperate to get him released.

Under the Obama administration, Sen. Richard Blumenthal made attempts to get Secretary of State John Kerry involved to no avail.

Rogers is the father of a 6-year-old daughter and a resident of Texas.

Veteran Jermaine Rogers needs to come home. We do not leave our own behind. Roger’s wife has created a petition on change.org. She has only 3,950 to date. Let’s change that!

Disabled Veteran Army Sergeant Being Held in Kuwait Since 2015!

KDHNews in Texas reports:

On Monday, Rogers’ sentence was reduced from death by hanging to life in prison. Mateo got the news in an email from a representative in the U.S. State Department. Rogers is being represented by a lawyer who speaks only Arabic, so the language barrier has been an obstacle for Mateo to overcome.

The search warrant investigators used to get into Rogers’ apartment had the wrong address, according to an email Mateo received from the state department. A representative from the state department said in the email that Rogers’ lawyer is attacking the conviction “primarily on procedural and evidentiary grounds,” and errors made by the police and prosecution. The representative also said that Rogers’ lease shows a different address than what was shown on the search warrant.

Rogers’ lawyer told Mateo that there were 17 pieces of evidence found on Oct. 6, 2015, and none of them contained illegal drugs. Then two days later, an 18th piece of evidence showed up in the file, and it contained 7 grams of cocaine, Mateo said she learned from the lawyer. In an audio message to Mateo, the lawyer’s interpreter said he believed a bag of cocaine was planted in the police files while at the investigators’ office, she said.

Drug offenses are taken very seriously in the Middle East.

On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that six people working at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, have been fired for using or possessing illegal drugs. Opium production is a major source of income for insurgents and the Taliban in Afghanistan, the story said.

A search by the Herald showed that Army Veteran Rogers has no criminal record in America, other than a misdemeanor bad check case from Bell County in 2003 that was later dismissed.

Prison conditions are poor, and as a veteran who suffers from back and kidney problems, Rogers has gotten sick on multiple occasions. Just one week ago, he told Embassy Kuwait officials that he felt ill, and believed he had been refused care.

The whole process has been filled with a lack of certainty on Mateo’s side of things. She said the state department was not aware of the arrest for about a month after she got in touch with officials. The arrest and trial have made very little noise in the American media. Only two TV news stations in Connecticut have aired stories. It has gained a bit of traction with news outlets overseas. Most don’t refer to Rogers by name, just list his circumstances.

Veteran Jermaine Rogers needs to come home. We do not leave our own behind. Roger’s wife has created a petition on change.org. She has only 3,950 to date. Let’s change that!

His wife and family have already suffered enough. A Kuwait police officer had originally told her that he had been beaten to death, and was already buried. Let’s bring this veteran father home!

 

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